Monday, February 25, 2013

Las Vegas shooting possible jihad

The shooters name is Ammar Asim Faruq Harris but that proves nothing.  I admit I shudder each time I see an Arabic name attached to some heinous crime but hold an open mind, as crime comes in all sizes and shapes.  We know his name now, we will have to wait to see if he is captured and is willing to talk.  Until then, the only thing we can postulate on is, with a name like that did he convert to Islam in prison?

From the Los Angeles Times Feb 25 by John M. Glionna and Matt Pearce

Warrant issued for Las Vegas shooting suspect Ammar Harris

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police Monday officially issued a warrant for a 26-year-old ex-convict they say is the man who unleashed a predawn barrage of gunfire into a Maserati on the Strip last week, resulting in a fireball crash that killed three people.

"We can say with certainty that Ammar Harris is the suspect who fired the fatal shots," Police Capt. Chris Jones said at an afternoon news conference.

Officials say their campaign to bring Harris to justice will include displaying his mugshot on southern Nevada billboards. Over the weekend, police released a photo of Harris taken after his arrest last year in Las Vegas in a 2010 prostitution case.

The photo shows the suspect staring into the camera, with recognizable tattoos on his right cheek and an image on his neck that appears to depict an owl with blackened eyes.

The Associated Press reported that public records show Harris previously lived in South Carolina and Georgia, and told a police officer when he was arrested in Miami Beach in December that he had lived in Florida for about a year.

Las Vegas police say Harris was convicted in 2004 in Orangeburg, S.C., of felony possession with intent to sell a stolen pistol.

Perhaps to emphasize the importance of the case, Clark County Dist. Atty. Steve Wolfson attended the news conference.

Harris used the name Ammar Asim Faruq Harris when he was arrested in May in Las Vegas in the June 2010 case. He was charged with robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping and coercion with a weapon.

Harris was allegedly driving a black Range Rover when he fired shots into a Maserati before dawn Thursday, killing aspiring rapper Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr. of Oakland, who had recently moved to Las Vegas. Cherry’s sports car crashed into a taxi that exploded on impact, killing the cabdriver and his passenger: Michael Boldon, 62, of Las Vegas and passenger Sandra Sutton-Wasmund, 48, of Maple Valley, Wash.

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